Black Dragon hacker comes to Liverpool

Black Dragon hacker comes to Liverpool to show North West businesses where systems are vulnerable and how they can protect themselves

BlackDragonJeff Orr and Matthew BeddoesA hacker once convicted of breaking into the United Nation’s computer network has been to Liverpool to show firms in the North West just how insecure their IT systems really are.

Aintree-based Stack Group invited superhacker Matthew Beddoes – once known by the pseudonym the Black Dragon – to speak to businesses to de-mystify the world of computer hacking and demonstrate precisely how easy it can be to break into a system if businesses do not take proper precautions.

 Using a £30 Raspberry Pi computer, which is commonly used to teach schoolchildren about basic computer programming, Beddoes hacked into delegates’ smartphones and explained how the simple system could bypass traditional security features including the well known https, used by banks and indicated by a small padlock in the top corner of an internet browser.

“All this code is free and publicly available said the Shropshire-born expert. “Basically with some very cheap kit I could hack into every smartphone on a coffee shop wifi system where people might be looking at work emails, bank details or shopping on line. I can see all that information and even plant code into their device that will send me all their access keys and passwords. Then I’d have full access to their network.

“Don’t be fooled by someone telling you your data is secure. If you are accessing the system wirelessly, it is never secure.”

Beddoes was caught stealing carbon credits from the United Nations to sell on. He was jailed for three years and now offers his expertise to businesses to help them identify areas of security weakness.

Stack Group – which provides one of the most secure cloud computing systems available to business – and the group’s security partners including Safenet, Kaspersky, Watchguard, Shoretel and Avigilon IPCCTV were also on-hand to speak to delegates about how their products, operating within Stack’s highly-secure data storage facility, can build a commercial network with a high level of protection.

“Users of our system benefit from their data being pre-encrypted which counteracts some data-destroying and data stealing viruses and programmes,” said Jeff Orr, CEO of Stack Group.

“Live hacking is a different kind of threat. Beddoes has demonstrated that no system is ever 100% secure. He showed too, via the “Dark Web”, that there are businesses that will pay a lot of money to hackers to breach competitors systems to either steal corporate data or shut-down networks.

“By investing in the best protection you can afford, you can at least give yourself some peace of mind. Be aware your systems weaknesses and of the risks to your business networks, particularly when connecting wirelessly to public networks”

It is worth noting that at the event Beddoes confessed that despite throwing everything at it for almost a month he failed to breach our WatchGuard XTM Firewall.


Stack Group provides cloud computing, virtualisation, data storage, backup and security services plus a range of mobile technology solutions and integrated office systems for businesses. Contact 0151 521 2202 or visit for more details.


Stack Group Live Hacking event features in IFB2014

Stacks Meet the BLACK DRAGON event at Aintree on 26th June 2014 will feature in the International Festival of Business calendar.

Stack has invited the notorious cybercriminal Matthew Beddoes, known as the Black Dragon, to conduct a live demonstration of his hacking skills in front of an audience of its customers and security specialists.

MatthewBeddoesBeddoes was jailed for masterminding an attempt to hack into the UN’s computer systems to steal £6.5 million worth of carbon credits. He stole the credits for a broker who sold $89,000 worth to BP before the offence was discovered. Beddoes received a three year jail term for his part in the theft. He is now a poacher turned gamekeeper swapping his black hat for an (almost) white one

Our security partners, including Watchguard and Kaspersky, will be in attendance and show how their products can provide defences against Beddoes black arts.

There will be manufacturers’ technical staff on hand to answer your questions and offer advice on topics such as securing Wi-Fi to PCI compliance standards and the latest IPCCTV and VoIP platforms

DavidEmmDavid Emm Senior Security Researcher at Kaspersky Lab Global Research and Analysis Team will be on hand to describe how the industry seeks to thwart the likes of Beddoes and protect organisations generally.

Kaspersky Lab is a provider of security and threat management solutions. David has been with Kaspersky Lab since 2004 and worked in the antivirus industry since 1990 in a variety of roles, including that of Senior Technology Consultant with Dr. Solomon’s and Systems Engineer and Product Manager at Network Associates.

David has a strong interest in malware, ID theft and the security industry in general and developed the company’s Malware Defence Workshop. He is a knowledgeable advisor on all aspects of online security, and a regular presenter at exhibitions and events, frequently providing comment to both broadcast and print media on the latest security threats and how users can stay safe online. He is regularly quoted as an expert for articles by the BBC, Sky News and the key newspapers as well as being a featured blogger for the Huffington Post.

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1.7m investment for Stack Group

Business technology company Stack Group is investing £1.7m to increase the capacity of its cloud.

The Aintree-based company is to increase cloud capacity by 300 per cent after a "sharp" rise in demand. It is investing in additional server racks which will house an extra 8,400 virtual servers. These can predict how much capacity a client needs and over time usage patterns to recognise unusual activity.

Group chairman Jeff Orr said: "We have plenty of capacity for our current clients’ needs. But there is a definite trend toward businesses looking at their IT costs and recognising the opportunity to save money. "We have invested in growth because we believe that demand will only increase as businesses see the benefits of this approach and we want to be ready to meet that demand. "By making this significant investment, we are giving businesses confidence that we can meet their capacity needs, not just right now, but as they grow."

Stack was founded in 1979.

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